Chicago Nurse Midwife - BirthGuide Chicago

Chicago Nurse Midwife

Address:
Chicago, IL 60649
(708) 762-3322

Home birth provider

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - %

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

Primary C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - %

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

instrumental delivery rate

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High
  • Number of VBAC deliveries per year- no data provided
  • Epidural Rate - no data provided
  • Overall Induction Rate - no data provided
  • Early Elective Deliveries - no data provided
  • Episiotomy Rate - no data provided

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

Chicago Nurse Midwives launched in January of 2021. Outcomes data are not yet available. But C-section rates for women who begin labor at home tend to be very low, and that is our experience.

Maternity Care Overview

Chicago Nurse Midwife’s vision is to make safe comprehensive home birth care a real choice for Chicago area families regardless of demographic background; and to help eliminate the racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American women & their babies. It is our desire to see all families thrive and flourish, one healthy pregnancy and birth at a time.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

  • We believe that pregnancy and birth are normal, natural processes rather than medical events.
  • We believe that home birth is a safe, holistic option for healthy, low-risk women and their newborns when attended by a skilled provider.
  • We believe in helping the people we serve to take the primary role as decision-makers for the health care needs of their families.
  • We believe that the midwife’s role is one of health partner, guide & one of the guardians of normal life processes including pregnancy and birth.
  • We believe that family & patient-led care can be transformative for communities.
  • We believe in care that is provided by culturally competent providers & value a client’s desire for culturally congruent providers.
  • We believe in evidence-based practice & provide our clients with the latest scientific evidence to support an informed choice.
  • We believe in care that is culturally informed, includes traditional practices & respects spirituality & spiritual health.
  • We believe that minimal or no intervention is optimal care for low-risk women who have no complications

SERVICE AREA

We believe that care that is accessible, safe & trauma-informed honors & fosters resilience.

We serve clients in from the north, west & south sides of Chicago, including the south suburbs & Northwest Indiana.

CONSULTATIONS

One of the most important decisions that you have to take at the beginning of the pregnancy is choosing the right provider. You want to ensure that whoever you hire as your birth keepers share the same philosophy about birth and that we are a good fit for each other. To give you an opportunity to feel if we are the right ones for you, we offer a 30-minutes consultation, either in person or by Teleconference. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend this consultation.

INSURANCE

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We currently do NOT accept insurance to cover home birth deliveries. After birth, an itemized receipt will be provided for clients to submit to insurance companies for reimbursement or credit towards deductibles. Clients should call their insurance companies to confirm that their plans have “out of network” benefits. This is required to receive reimbursement from insurances.

Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

First time parents/first time natural birthing mothers are required to complete a childbirth education class & hire a doula.

We only take a handful of clients per month and tend to fill very quickly. The 28 week mark is the latest that we comfortably accept transfers.  Occasionally, we are able to accept a transfer later in pregnancy. If you are transferring care, we will need a copy of your prenatal record. You can request a copy of your prenatal record from your previous provider and bring it to the office or fill out a Release of Information form (ROI) when you come to your first appointment.

Risk guidelines for VBAC

Prior vaginal birth. Low transverse uterine scar. Please contact us to discuss your history if you’re interested.

Last updated: June 3, 2024
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